Camel Cup Carnival

Camel Cup Carnival

Early July
What began in 1971 as a friendly camel race between two Alice Springs Lions Club members has grown into a major Australian event that generates more than $250,000 annually for charity. Camels thrive in Alice Springs, which has one of the driest and harshest climates in Australia, and therefore it is not surprising that camel races play the same role there that horse races do in other, less arid parts of the country ( see Hobart Cup Day; Melbourne Cup Day).
Today the Camel Cup takes place at Blatherskite Park in Alice Springs and is only one of several camel-oriented events, which are accompanied by the eating and beer-drinking that are a hallmark of so many Australian festivals. Other events include polo on camels, helicopter rides, rickshaw races, the Miss Camel Cup competition, and fireworks.
CONTACTS:
Camel Cup Committee Inc.
P.O. Box 3233
Alice Springs, NT 0871 Australia
61-8-8952-6796
www.camelcup.com.au
Alice Springs Town Council
93 Todd St.
P.O. Box 1071
Alice Springs, NT 0871 Australia
61-8-8950-0500; fax: 61-8-8953-0558
www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au
SOURCES:
WildPlanet-1995, p. 421
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